Cincinnati commit Alex Chisum of Sandy Creek attracts attention of Georgia, SEC

CHANNEL 2 SPORTS ZONE FRIDAY GAME OF THE WEEK: FAYETTE CO. AT SANDY CREEK

Alex Chisum (14) recently broke Calvin Johnson's record for career receiving yardage at Sandy Creek. (File photo)

Alex Chisum (14) recently broke Calvin Johnson's record for career receiving yardage at Sandy Creek. (File photo)

Alex Chisum never made a big deal out of this whole recruiting thing. He never focused on who wasn’t pursuing him. He put all his time and energy in who was and what those that did had to offer.

Armed with that information, Sandy Creek’s 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide receiver committed to Cincinnati last April. And he hasn’t looked back

“They actually noticed me as a sophomore,” Chisum said of coach Butch Jones and his staff. “They invited me up there a couple of times and showed me a lot of love. Coach told me right away they needed me bad and wanted me to come in and play as a freshman. He told me where they wanted to play me and what they wanted to do with me. That was big.”

The Bearcats’ gain is the loss of everybody else, says Sandy Creek’s Chip Walker. The Fighting Patriots’ head coach doesn’t mince words when it comes to his star wide receiver.

“The best receiver in the state of Georgia, period,” Walker said. “He’ll do whatever you want him to do. He’s 6-2. He goes up and gets the ball. He has the speed to get behind you. He’ll block. They don’t come any better.”

When it comes to wide receivers, Walker speaks from a perch of authority. He coached former Georgia Tech and current Detroit Lions’ star Calvin Johnson at Sandy Creek.

Just last week, Chisum broke Johnson’s Sandy Creek record for career receiving yards during a three-touchdown performance against Spalding. He now has 96 catches for 1,656 yards.

It was fitting that Johnson himself was there to witness it. He came home to Tyrone to have his No. 81 jersey retired.

“Yeah, I got to meet him and talk to him a little bit,” Chisum said of Johnson. “It was cool. He was giving me a hard time for breaking his records.”

Chisum, who has 32 catches for 705 yards and six touchdowns this season, needs six more TDs to run down Johnson’s record for receiving scores. And the way Sandy Creek is playing, he just might get it.

The Patriots (8-0), the 2009 Class AAAA state champions, are currently undefeated and ranked No. 2 in Class AAA after dropping down a classification this season. Tonight, their talents will be on display against Fayette County (1-7) in the “Channel 2 Sports Zone Friday Game of the Week.” The contest will be broadcast live at 7:30 p.m. on RTV (Comcast 248/Charter 126) and replayed at 1 a.m. on WSB, Channel 2.

Meanwhile, Chisum’s recruitment is beginning to heat up again. Walker has long said that Georgia, Georgia Tech and the whole of the ACC and SEC were missing out this special offensive athlete. Now all those teams are starting to hover around.

Chisum is already holding offers from Kentucky and Mississippi State, along with Indiana, Louisville and Southern Miss. But now Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina are starting to show interest. Just this week the home state Bulldogs called Walker to ask about Chisum and request some video.

The attention is piquing Chisum’s interest.

“I want to stay open and not rule anything out,” Chisum said. “But it’s not something I’m really thinking about. Unless somebody steps up with an actual offer, I plan on sticking with Cincinnati.”

Chisum was particularly intrigued by Georgia’s sudden interest.

“I was surprised,” he said. “Coach Walker told me they have a tendency to offer late. They were actually the first school I looked at. I went to the Mark Richt Camp the summer between my sophomore and junior years. But nothing really came from it and I haven’t been back.”

The idea of playing in the SEC is one that appeals to Chisum. He was tempted to go with Kentucky before committing to the Bearcats.

“I heavily considered them,” he said. “Joker Phillips came down and offered me in person as the head coach-in-waiting, so that was a pretty big deal.”

Asked what it is that sets him apart as a wide receiver, Chisum said: “My route-running is what everybody says sets me apart. I use my size and my ability to get open. I like to go get the ball. I was more of a possession receiver last year. This year I’m trying to be more of a play-maker.”

As Sandy Creek’s opponents might say, “mission accomplished.”

106 comments Add your comment

JaxDawg

October 29th, 2010
10:42 am

Wish we could see a video on this guy

JaxDawg

October 29th, 2010
10:44 am

Anyone breaking Calvin Johnson’s records has to be pretty good

RxDawg

October 29th, 2010
10:47 am

Sounds like he has a pretty good head on his shoulders. If he’s up to on the field standards (and it sounds like he is) I hope the coaches give him a lot of thought.

Davey Boy Smith

October 29th, 2010
10:48 am

Man, Sandy Creek has been LOADED the last couple of years. Cairo may get in the way, but a Peach County/Sandy Creek final will be epic!

Chip Towers

October 29th, 2010
10:51 am

JaxDawg: There is some video on YouTubeCLICK RIGHT HERE TO SEE IT — but it’s all from 2009. RB Rajion Neal, now at UT, was the primary weapon and Chisum also shared receptions with WR Jarrett Davis, now at Louisville. But it will give you some idea of Chisum’s skill sets.

Matthews Dawg

October 29th, 2010
10:51 am

I’ll trust our coaches and if he is ready to play at UGA, then we will be happy to bring him on board. Let’s keep great in state players in state! Go Dawgs and let’s beat the hated Gators this year!! We win this one and the train is really starting to roll and everyone better get out of our way!!

Chip Towers

October 29th, 2010
10:52 am

Davey Boy Smith: It looks like Sandy Creek and Peach County could meet in the semifinals.

REALLY!

October 29th, 2010
10:58 am

Not surprising UGA has not noticed this guy, not surprising at all…

Davey Boy Smith

October 29th, 2010
11:00 am

Chip,

Sad if true, but that would harken back to the ‘94 semi-final between Mary Persons and Washington Co. in Forsyth.

Cairo may be every bit as good as either of those two, though.

TXDawg

October 29th, 2010
11:11 am

seabass

October 29th, 2010
11:11 am

Really! your right we did miss him. But I think if UGA went after him hard they could get him. They should, we will need him after this year.

SEC Football

October 29th, 2010
11:18 am

This kid may be a great athlete and a good person but I get concerned when I start hearing the term they did or did not show me a lot of love! I have heard this enough where they do not turn out to be the type of student athlete you are looking for. Hope he is an exception and does well where he ends up.

He'a a Goodin

October 29th, 2010
11:23 am

He is the real deal. He’s better than 3 or 4 at UGA right now.

RambleOn84

October 29th, 2010
11:36 am

A Sandy Creek/Peach County matchup would be very intriguing.

Peach County is where Coach Rodney Walker (Chip Walker’s dad) coached before he came to Sandy Creek and turned our program around.

His dad laid the foundation, but Coach Chip Walker has done an excellent job building on it.

dawgfacedboy

October 29th, 2010
12:27 pm

We didn’t offer a home town kid (who just broke Calvin Johnson’s records) a scholarship, and he was on campus for a camp last year???? Ok?

JM

October 29th, 2010
12:45 pm

Sounds like the coaches had other prospects higher up the list. He’ll do well at any school. Just wish it was mine.

REALLY!

October 29th, 2010
1:25 pm

We miss on a lot, or could it be we are not coaching them up?

REALLY!

October 29th, 2010
1:26 pm

Lets keep recruiting players that get kicked off there team….

naganole

October 29th, 2010
1:47 pm

“The coaches have talked about using me in a role similar to Percy [Harvin],” Mike Blakely said. :D lolwrongnumber Mike

ryan

October 29th, 2010
1:54 pm

Naganole i saw were Bobby Hart is looking around .

naganole

October 29th, 2010
1:58 pm

@ryan He’s taking visits, kid is all Nole.

john

October 29th, 2010
2:20 pm

“We” hit on a lot too! AJ Green, Justin Houston, and Aaron Murray to name a few. Go back to the Tech board Mr. Negative.

Go Dawgs!

john

October 29th, 2010
2:23 pm

Sounds like this one is blossoming late and a lot of teams are now looking at him.

TXDawg (The Real TXDawg)

October 29th, 2010
2:48 pm

Sounds like this kid really has UGA on his mind and loyal to the home state team. I suspect an offer will be in his hands within the next 3 weeks.

sewack

October 29th, 2010
2:55 pm

I wish we could have got him here at GT. He grew up around a stream filled with creek suckers so I know he would have hit it off with Paul. BAHAHAHAHAHA!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

76-DAWG

October 29th, 2010
3:28 pm

He’s got me convinced , offer him a scholarship.

jsmith

October 29th, 2010
3:49 pm

the way garner and richt have been evaluating talent the past few years , this guy is probably better then any wr uga has commited in this years class.

jasont13

October 29th, 2010
4:00 pm

From the posts it just proves that most of y’all would never be college football coaches. You can’t recruit from your heart or everytime you see a kid you have to have him. Each team has a target number of scholarships set aside for each position. Therefore, some kids do not get offers from their home team or their favorite team because a scholarship may not be avaliable or was already given out to someone else. If the kid was as good as advertised he would have more offers than Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky and Central Michigan (since Butch Jones was coaching there when he was a junior) and Cincinnati.

76-DAWG

October 29th, 2010
4:15 pm

jason13
I like the fact that he knows how important it is for him to not only be the hero receiver that catches the touchdown but also it is important for him to block down field.You can always offer an Athletic scholarship to him or you can change the smart player to an academic scholarship which may open one up for him. There are way’s around each position limits.

Island Girl

October 29th, 2010
4:38 pm

Chisum has his head on his shoulders. I’ve known him since he was 7 and it comes from the Godly upbringing his parents have instilled in him. A humble force to be reckoned with.

Blackberry Cobbler

October 29th, 2010
4:51 pm

UGA has “a tendency to offer late”.

That tells us a lot right there.

Best WR in the state (according to his HS coach who also coached Calvin Johnson) and UGA isn’t even in the picture until just lately.

dawgster

October 29th, 2010
5:05 pm

Hey guys…Jason13 makes some very good points…but it wont hurt to take a closer look at him and it appears that the dawgs are…along with others also…and Blackberry Cobbler…most high school coaches think their guys are the best…i know he coached Calvin Johnson, so that has to have merit, but i go back to what Jason13 said above…there will be some guys that get away from all schools that you may have to say down the road that you let them get away…it happens at all programs, you just try to minimize as best you can…hopefully the dawgs will take a good look at the young man…go dawgs

Finish

October 29th, 2010
5:48 pm

Great player… Have watched him for three years now. What is with our in state schools not offering some of these great players earlier that are in their backyard? Good grief.

crap sandwich

October 29th, 2010
7:23 pm

We do not get players from this school, and we will not this time.

ASA

October 29th, 2010
9:37 pm

GEORGIA DOESN’T KNOW TALENT ANYONE KY WANTS CAN PLAY OFFER HIM GIVE THEM THE DUD FROM EAST HALL MOST OVER RATED PLAYER SINCE CHASSER FROM CHESTATEE WE NEED THIS KID

ASA

October 29th, 2010
9:46 pm

JASON 13 DUMB ASS LOOK AT COBB KY TENN OR NO ONE ELSE WANTED JOHNSON AT GAINESVILLE EVERY BODY WANTED BUT GA GOT DUD FROM EAST HALL CAN’T JUDGE TALENT BELOW 5 STAR AND THEN QUESTIONABLE B.SMITH, SAMUELS UNTIL WE START LOOKING AT WHAT THEY CAN DO EXCEPT THEIR STARS WE ARE IN TROUBLE WATCH A KID FROM WHITE CO COMMITTED TO KY WATCH WHAT HE DOES IN COLLEGE AND WATCH WHAT DUD FROM EAST HALL DOED IN COLLEGE KID FROM WHITE CO LOWERY

Hunker Down

October 29th, 2010
9:56 pm

You will be a star no matter who steps up and offers and where ever you decide to go. Are you for real….you beat Clavin Johnson record. That stat is pretty impressive!!!!!!!!!!

Hunker Down

October 29th, 2010
9:56 pm

TheTaxJacket

October 29th, 2010
10:25 pm

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

thwg

whatever

October 30th, 2010
3:44 am

Wait a minute – Didn’t CMR (the high ‘moral’ person who can’t filter it down to his players) say a few times that he didn’t like a player who couldn’t keep his verbal commitment?? That it was “like a man who takes a nice lady to a prom and then spends the evening dancing with (and leaving with) someone else”. Didn’t CMR also say that he “doesn’t want a player” who can’t keep his verbal commitment?? But yet – HE want’s to go after this kid who has already COMMITTED to Cincinnati. Yea- CMR loves to talk a good game – I’m not sure that he can walk it anymore.

Destin Dawg

October 30th, 2010
7:34 am

hey these kids in High school can come on late… he’s just now being noticed.. Richt does not offer, then jerk “em… stay in State near freiends and family… graduation rate up at UGA.. Parade Mag #3 big State school…” great school with big time sports !! ” Go Dawgs !!!!

gomdawg

October 30th, 2010
8:28 am

With his talent and A. Murray at QB WOW, WOW , PLEASE STAY HOME WE NEED YOU.

Lowndes25

October 30th, 2010
9:11 am

Does anyone want to know who was at Thomas County Central’s game last night as Ray Drew’s guest, and who Ray is going to the UF/UGA game with today? Yep, you guessed it, current UGA commit and best friend Christian Lemay ;)

1eyedJack

October 30th, 2010
9:19 am

Well Lowndes25, let’s hope the Dawgs can put on an impressive show for him. Since it’s not an official visit can he stand on the sidelines or does he have to sit in the stands?

B.G

October 30th, 2010
9:23 am

Lowndes25 whats going with the info on this kid from Sandy Creek? Do u think we have a chance? Also whats the story on the two Grady kids that r friends? I know we offered the CB but not his friend thats a RB.

Lowndes25

October 30th, 2010
9:29 am

@B.G. email me at Lowndes25@gmail.com and I will give you the scoop that you are looking for on Caffey and Swann. As far as Alex Chisum goes, I think he will take an official visit to UGA and there is a very good chance that we offer him a scholarship. We really need another WR in this class and since we have determined not to wait to see if Ty Montgomery gets accepted into Stanford or not (which he may not find out till late January) we have been hard after other options. That is why we offered two JUCO WR’s in recent weeks: 6′5″ Anthony Denham and Rashaan Vaughn. We are also taking a hard look at Sanford Seay, a WR from Lee County who has been flying under the radar b/c he played in a wishbone offense last year.

@1eyedJack, he will have to sit in the stands since it is a neutral site game. No recruiting allowed for either team…

MikeP

October 30th, 2010
9:43 am

By 76-DAWG:You can always offer an Athletic scholarship to him or you can change the smart player to an academic scholarship which may open one up for him. There are way’s around each position limits. ”
Nope. The NCAA’s rules don’t permit that. If a football player is on scholarship, he’s considered to be on a football scholarship. This is called the “Bear Bryant Rule”. Bryant had a large number of good football players that couldn’t add 2+2 on academic scholarships until the NCAA passed this rule and made him stop. Actually, this is Bear Bryant Rule number 17. Bryant found more ways to cheat than Tiger Woods.

ryan

October 30th, 2010
11:07 am

Hey Lowndes25 will Crowell take his final visits and do think Fanning will stay home .

UK THOROUGHBRED

October 30th, 2010
11:18 am

I thought origanally Chisum gave a verbal to UK last year? I saw before the season started where he had switched his verbal to cincy. I know verbal comitments mean nothing, its only official when you sign the scholly. Plus its not uncommon for a teenager to have a change of heart. His teammate last year Rajion Neal was going to Miss St but switched late to go play for UT. Why oh why would any kid with as much talent as Chisum want to go play at cinciNASTY. Take that talent north Alex but about 90 miles south of cinciNASTY to Lexington and the SEC.

Lowndes25

October 30th, 2010
11:23 am

@ryan, yes, Crowell will take another visit to UGA before committing. He is going to try and make it to UGA for the GT game on Nov. 27th…the High School State Championship game is not until Dec. 9-10. I am not sure if he is planning to go back to Bama or not yet. Also, I am pretty confident that Fanning is going to switch his commitment from Bama.